The 10th Annual Aradhana

A musical tribute to the great composers of Carnatic (South Indian) Classical Music by Twin Cities’ vocalists and instrumentalists.

Saturday, November 19, 2005, 4 pm - 6 pm
There will also be a set of solo performances from 3 pm - 3:45 pm

This activity is made possible, in part, by the Arts Activities Support Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, the General Fund Grant from COMPAS/United Arts, the Series Presenter Support Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a grant from the Asian Pacific Endowment from Spectrum Trust of The St. Paul Foundation, and, from the University of Minnesota, the Administrative Grant for Student Initiatives, the Coca-Cola Community Initiative Grant, and the MSA Diversity Education Fund Grant. This concert is co-sponsored by SPICMACAY (University of Minnesota) and KFAI "Fresh-Air" Radio (90.3FM Minneapolis/106.7 FM St. Paul).


The Saint Paul Student Center (SPSC) Theater
University of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus
2017 Buford Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108

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This event is free!

Muthuswamy Dikhsitar, Purandaradasa,  Shyama Shastry, and Saint Thyagaraja
Aradhana 2000


Chorus Presentations:

Lead Vocalists and Directors: Nirmala Rajasekar, Leela Ramanathan, and Ramanamma Manda

Vocalists: Veena Sitaram, Shanti Sury,Sudha Sivaram,Mythili Chari, Shanti Godishala, Madhavi Mynampati, Ratna Malakapalli, Geeta Gopinath, Srividya Raghavan, Sudha Narayanan,Sriram Pidaparti, Sasidhar Vajha, Roshni Muralidharan, Ganesh Raman, Mahati Pidaparti, and Shruti Rajasekar

Violin: Vijaya Desikan

Mridangam: Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan and Shriram   

Ghatam: Balalji Chandran

Tabla : Marcus Wise

Solo Peformances:

Vocalists: Roshni Muralidharan, Ganesh Raman, Mahati Pidaparti, and Shruthi Rajasekar

Violin : Mahati Chintapalli

About the program:

The Twin-Cities Aradhana has been a fixture of the Communities' calendar since 1995. Modeled after the tradition of Thyagaraja Aradhana, performed annually in Thiruvayyar, India, Aradhana-2005's main purpose is to celebrate the works of and pay tributes to, Purandaradasa (considered the father of Carnatic music), the trinity of Carnatic music (Saint Thyagaraja, Muthuswamy Dikshitar, and Shyama Shastri) and other great composers by rendering their select compositions.

This is one of the rare opportunities to see and hear Carnatic music as a chorus presentation. (Carnatic music is almost always performed solo). The performers in this community concert (made up of both professionals and amateurs) will be led by Twin-Cities professional vocalists. The program will be organized as a community event in a festive atmosphere with attendance and participation from adults and children alike.

About the venue:

Map of St. Paul student Center
The St. Paul Student Center is located in the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota at the intersection of Cleveland and
Buford Ave.

On weekends the parking meters are FREE. You can also try on-street parking in the streets closeby (Cleveland Ave and its intersecting streets).

Please visit the web site of the St. Paul Student Center for all other details.



For further information contact:

Shivanthi Sathanandan (651) 698-0774
Ameeta Kelekar (651) 787-0497


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